From: Heaven on Earth
Instead of heeding the prophetic warnings, the rulers choose to persecute and kill the prophets. Therefore, true to his word, God sends judgment by using Assyria to attack the recalcitrant northern kingdom. Assyria conquers Israel in 722 BC, takes the spoils of battle, and scatters the people abroad.
Yet God does not leave Israel without hope. As early as 750 BC, Amos envisions a day when God will restore Israel.
I will raise up the booth of David that is fallen, and repair its breaches, and raise up its ruins, and rebuild it as in the days of old; in order that they may possess…all the nations who are called by my name…The mountains shall drip sweet wine, and all the hills shall flow with it. I will restore the fortunes of my people Israel, and they shall rebuild the ruined cities and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and drink their wine, and shall make gardens and eat their fruit. I will plant them upon their land, and they shall never again be plucked up out of the land I have given them, says the Lord your God. (Amos 9:11-15)
Isaiah sees God receiving glory and praise from the ends of the Earth, (24:14-16), and Israel being transformed into a utopian kingdom, where “the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines,” (Isaiah 25:6). The fulfillment lay in Israel’s distant future, but a spark of hope has been ignited in the hearts of God’s rebellious people.